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Visitor Voices: Childhood 3
Visitor Voices: Childhood 3

Visitor Voices: Childhood 3

How should young people be prepared to enter adulthood? A series of casual Socratic discussions explores childhood and coming of age in the ancient and modern worlds.

Event Information

19 Oct 2024, 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Childhood 3: How should young people be prepared to enter adulthood?

In both ancient and modern society, ‘coming of age’ has been a highly gendered, ritualistic, spiritual and, in many cases, challenging experience. The importance of this concept has been underscored by the longevity of the ‘coming of age’ story, capturing the tribulations of protagonists as they assume full rights, responsibilities, ethical understanding and purpose as members of society. The process of ‘coming of age’ has been the grounds for contesting personal identity, shaped by the forces around us including family and friends. Join us to discuss what kinds of upbringing, mentors, education and conditions are needed to prepare young people to make this transition into adulthood, both in the ancient past and today.


About Visitor Voices

The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about philosophy, politics and the meaning of life. Inspired by these ancient symposia, Visitor Voices invites you to explore some of life's age-old questions from a modern perspective, in a casual group environment.

On the third Saturday of every month, Museum staff will guide participants through a Socratic-style discussion among a small group, unleashing your inner philosopher and creating a dialogue between institution and visitor. In 2024 we will explore four major themes – Conflict and Humanity, Law and Freedom, Childhood and Getting Social – with each theme explored over 2–3 sessions, and every session centred around a different question. There's no prior knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity!

Tickets include Museum general admission before or after the session. Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.

Next session: Sat 9 November – Getting Social 1

To explore other themes and available sessions, see the Visitor Voices hub.


  • General Admission

    From $28.00 to $35.00
    • $35.00
      +$0.88 service fee
    • $28.00
      +$0.70 service fee



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